The Fit Expo Anaheim 2019

This weekend, TheFitExpo Anaheim took place between June 1st and June 2nd at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Everyone from health care owners, personal trainers, retail buyers and consumers, fitness ambassadors and competitive bodybuilders and athletes. Each yeah the Expo attracts people of all ages and fitness levels.

There were tons of events to attend:

  • Arm wresting
  • Dodgeball competition
  • Zumba training
  • Group training zone
  • Various lifting competitions

There are always special celebrity guest that attend the expo one being Cassandra Martin! Tru Supplements Massy Arias and 4-time Olympian Jay Cutler have been a regular and promoting their products and expertise.

The best part of the expo is always leaning about new supplements and products. One in particular is Reign Body Fuel. This product has popped up in the vending machine at my job not know what it was or who. After the expo, I found out it is from the makers of Monster, which is already a popular brand and similar to Bang. However, there are differences. Even though Reign contains CoQ10, amino acids, electrolytes and vitamin B3, B6 and B12 it tastes somewhat more sweeter than Bang. This may not go well for some. The marketing is almost similar as well. That is another issue. As far as flavor, Peach Fizz is probably the best tasting.

SweetSweat, personally has reigned supreme at the expo. Nothing but fun and high energy, a life demo of their products, and always a free gym bag. As someone who trains 6 days a week and a fitness nerd, I own practically most of their products and if used correctly definitely beneficial.

Every expo I attend there are always something new, something interesting and/something funny. One booth was the Inspire Fitness Studio.

Some booths like to have fun, some will give out free samples and giveaways and then there are fitness challenges. Golds Gym always has fitness challenges. My forte is squats in which’s I did 610. I also did a 1 minute plank with Papa Barkley Essentials. Ironically did 40 banded squats with Shogun Sports.

Overall, The Fit Expo Anaheim was a successful fun filled fitness weekend. There was so much to do and see and family friendly. The growth of the fitness industry continues to evolve with innovative products and the rise of creative workouts introduced. Anaheim provides another greats fitness experience.

Limitations

I have been sort-of a work-a-holic most of my existence. Even when I had things to do or certain things going on or even when I just was not 100%, I kept on going as nothing was wrong.

I was either stubborn or in denial that I needed to rest or even set limitations for myself. I have always thought: “you get sick and you get better. It’s as simple as that”. That is really not the case especially when I got older.

When I was officially diagnosed with anxiety and depression, things fell into place as to why fatigue would happen so often or as to why I would experience muscle pain for days as of my muscles were in the contraction phase of a workout and never relax. I am learning to live with it but never gotten used to it or even being confined to the bed for most of the day.

Lately, I have limit the activities I do in one day so it does not cause pain flare ups.Not by much, but so I do not feel fatigued as much. For example, if I have an anime convention or just going for an outing, I do what I can the day before to make sure I am resting. I cannot always pull this off because I work 40 hours a week. As John Lennon famously said, “life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans”. Pretty much, days will get away from me. The hard part is really my overthinking and my serious perfectionism. Pacing myself works only half the time. The one thing I had to learn is to not side with those who are against me. The comments telling me “you’re to young to be in pain” or “I’m tired too” or “you shouldn’t be depressed” reflect why there is so much stigma and ignorance about mental illness and chronic illness. I have to trust my own judgement.

Comic Con Revolution 2019

Characters from The Avengers to Warcraft to other popular characters and fans alike gather at the third annual Comic Con Revolution in Ontario, California. CCR attendees took photos with their favorite characters, browsed through the exhibit hall and attended panels.

Industry guests featuring the likes of Peter Cullen and the voice cast of Transformers, Sam Witwer who is the voice of Darth Mail and Agent Liberty from Supergirl and Phil Lamar who voices Samurai Jack and Hermès Conrad from Futurama!

Saturday hosts a day full of interesting panels. Being at noon, there is a panel on CBS’ longest running multi-camera sitcom in history, The Big Bang Theory after televising their final episode on May 16th. The contributing writer, Adam Faberman and Amanda Conner and Palmiotti discuss everything Big Bang Theory. It is bitter sweet for me as a fan since I have been watching The Big Bang Theory since freshman year in collage in 2008 (I was 18 years old then).

At 3pm begins the 35th anniversary of Transformers. It’s not just a panel, it’s a gathered celebration with the entire voice cast of Transformers. On top of that is the Stan Lee tribute. What would a comic con be without some mentioning of the iconic Stan Lee. Several esteemed guests gave tribute to the man who influenced and inspired generations of comic book fans, creators and the legacy he left.

Every year, at different conventions, I am impressed with the artists in artist alley. This year at CCR is no different. My excited is when artists create Sailor Moon fan gear and enamel pins.

The Disney Pin booth always draw the most attention at any convention. The Chibi Iron Man caught my eye the most especially after the release of Avengers: Endgame.

I did however purchase two pins: an Iron Man enamel pin and a Genie enamel pin.

I did expect to see a lot more Avengers. Iron Man, Captain America related merchandise. However, I did spot an amazing detail figure of the Infinity Gauntlet, Captain America and Iron Man. These are definitely a must for any fan and collector.

In addition, I learned about a new gummy by VPN Bytes. They are a new company selling gummies essentially for gamers. This definitely caught my interest being a fit nerd. The gummies helps protects from blue light and eye strain, increase focus and mental fatigue, helps with mental focus combining Ginseng and Ginkgo Biloba. It doesn’t taste to bad either.

Overall, Comic Con Revolution definitely has potential to be a convention for the Inland Empire. If you go to conventions, support your local artists at artist alley or at least stop by and have a cool conversation. I do hope this conventions grows to where it can have the same good reputation as ALA.